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2203 – After the Corona lock-down: Athos reopens partially from May 11th 2021

Finally some good news: Orthodoxia News Agency has just reported that the Holy Mountain will again receive pilgrims from tomorrow, May 11, 2021. The lock-down period ends today, May 10th. However, there are restrictions: for each monastery ten diamonitiria/visitors, for … Continue reading

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2202 – Grigoriou: photo overview, a tour from the arsanas to the Katholicon

The arsanas of Grigoriou, with the boat Agia Anna arriving at 10 PM The boat house at the arsanas is being renovated (Oktober 2019) Monks working on oil-smeared cables Arsanas Grigoriou, with a “second archondariki” on the left. The main … Continue reading

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2201 – Yearning for ancient paths, the monopatia of Mt. Athos

The activity on Mount Athos that I miss the most is walking the old monopatia, the narrow foot- and mule paths that are all over the peninsula. Many of them are unfortunately destroyed and replaced by gravel roads. Many thoughts … Continue reading

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2200 – Tourism to the Holy Mountain?

Athos is closed for tourists. It has always been, as far as I’m informed. Due to Covid-19 Athos is now closed for pilgrims as well. It must be really quiet and peaceful now. The monks can fully concentrate on their … Continue reading

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2199 – Ali Sami Bey, Ottoman photographer

Ali Sami Bey (prob. 1872 – unknown) worked as a photographer in Karyes from 1925 till 1927. He was a ex-colonel and so called aide-de-camp to the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II. He made black and white photo’s but he … Continue reading

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2198 – Vaccinations have started on Mount Athos (20-3-2021)

A Coast Guard boat delivered the first 400 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to Mount Athos on Friday, March 19, 2021. The vaccination center was set up in the health center in Karyes. On March 20, 2021, the first 36 … Continue reading

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2197 – Grigoriou: the graveyard and ossuary

Behind the second courtyard and the katholicon there is a hallway that leads to the back gate of the monastery. Immediately after leaving the monastery you will see the ossuary and the graveyard. The South wing of the monastery, seen … Continue reading

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2196 – the phiale of Grigoriou and its extraordinary paintings

In previous postings about this monastery (2154 and 2194) we took a closer look at the trapeza and the second courtyard, where monks were ‘crushing the olives’. Today we will take a closer look at the philae, that you can … Continue reading

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2195 – The Evangelistria

Not only Ouranoupolis has a live webcam but also the harbour of Trypiti, situated at the end of Xerxes Canal. Today many trucks and vans are wating for the Evangelistria, a special boat to Athos for trucks and vans with … Continue reading

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2194 – Grigoriou monastery: a closer look and ‘crushing’ the olives

Let’s resume the post about Grigoriou monastery, that I visited on the 2nd of October 2019. I started in post 2156 in Juli last year by showing pictures of the trapeza. Today we will continue, starting in the second courtyard, … Continue reading

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